dentition

noun

den·​ti·​tion den-ˈti-shən How to pronounce dentition (audio)
1
: the development and cutting of teeth
2
: the character of a set of teeth especially with regard to their number, kind, and arrangement see tooth illustration
3
: teeth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Of the crocs studied, smaller-bodied species were more likely than the big ‘uns to have complex dentition. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2019 Hats off to Haim for bringing perfectly functional, if quirky, dentition to 30 Rock. Vulture, 25 Feb. 2022 Analysis suggested a person missing visible teeth was more negatively perceived on all social traits than a person with full dentition. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2011 Firstly, the milk teeth and then the second dentition which replaces the original set. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 6 Sep. 2022 Even most American people weren’t regularly scrubbing their dentition until around the time of World War II. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 23 Aug. 2022 But as humans controlled fire, learned to cook, became cooperative, and developed hunting techniques and an accompanying armamentarium of cutting implements, the requirement for robust dentition diminished. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 31 May 2021 Tusks are among the most dramatic examples of mammal dentition: ever-growing, projecting teeth used for fighting, foraging, even flirting. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Then, as the Permian matured, so did a stunning palette of mammals, radiating from their humble beginnings into evolutionary trend-setters: warm-blooded, milk-making, hairy, rapidly metabolizing and outfitted with complex dentition. David P. Barash, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin dentition-, dentitio, from dentire to cut teeth, from dent-, dens

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dentition was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Dentition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dentition. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

dentition

noun
den·​ti·​tion den-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce dentition (audio)
: the number, kind, and arrangement of teeth (as of a person or animal)

Medical Definition

dentition

noun
den·​ti·​tion den-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce dentition (audio)
1
: the development and cutting of teeth
2
: the character of a set of teeth especially with regard to their number, kind, and arrangement
3
: teeth

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